A very Happy New Year to you all! Just as soon as I get used to writing 2017, I have to start remembering to write 2018. The years fly by waaaaaaay too quickly don’t they?
I am back this week with a birthday card….. this one is for my dad. Yes, the notoriously difficult masculine card is the first post of the year! Bet no-one was expecting that – I like to surprise 🙂
So, here is my card.
A few months ago, I decided to try the acrylic block stamping technique that Jennifer McGuire had shown on her blog. I don’t have many acrylic blocks, so I was a little limited with what I could do, but I managed to make this and a few others.
The technique is fun and pretty simple. You lay some Distress Ink down onto your acrylic block, spritz with some water and then you stamp/lay it down onto your watercolour card. To get a good coverage you need to leave it sitting on your cardstock for about 5 minutes, ideally with something else on top, and the ink sinks into the panel – you get that lovely uneven edge. I have linked to Jennifer’s blog above so that you can watch her video for more examples.
I used Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio for my panel and after it had dried, I took some images from Simon Says Stamp Sailing and stamped them over the top with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used the MISTI so that I could double stamp them if required as it is watercolour cardstock and therefore has a texture to it. I also traced some of the images with a Sakura Black Glaze gel pen to give them a little bit of gloss and dimension.
Lastly I stamped the sentiment, die-cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and popped it onto an A2 navy base card.
That finishes my card for today.
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Sailing, Simon Says Stamp Circle Sayings
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Ranger Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Navy cardstock
Other: Acrylic Block, MISTI, Distress Sprayer, Sakura Black Glaze Gel Pen